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How to reduce the stress of moving house

There’s no denying that moving house is an exciting time - you’ve made the decision to do it, and now it’s actually happening! But having said that, it can also be a stressful and emotional time too, often putting pressure on relationships and bringing emotions to the surface, especially if you’re saying goodbye to a house where you have many happy memories. It can feel like the end of an era.

Obviously we can’t always account for the bumps in the road that we can encounter, such as delays on moving day, issues with removals men etc. but we can help shed some wisdom on how to keep as calm as possible to keep any stress to a minimum.

“This too shall pass”

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself by setting unrealistic expectations, such as packing up and cleaning the whole of the upstairs in one day. Break things down into more manageable tasks, and when everything feels too much, it can help to look at the bigger picture and remind yourself why you’re moving house, and how it will all be worth it in the end.

Be realistic

Break things down into more manageable chunks - for example, rather than trying to tackle packing the whole of the upstairs and cleaning it, focus on packing and cleaning two rooms at a time. You’ll feel much better when you can physically start crossing things off your list - never underestimate how good this feels!

Don’t suffer in silence

If you’re struggling, you should speak out and let someone know. Even if that person doesn’t live close to you, they can still support you emotionally with how you’re feeling and help you to feel better about the situation. Don’t feel like you have to put on a brave face (like us Brits often do!) and pretend everything is fine. It’s perfectly okay to admit that you’re finding things overwhelming and don’t know what to do.

Listen to yourself

A change of any kind can often bring about a mix of emotions. Sometimes these emotions can be difficult to handle, so if you feel like something is holding you back or bothering you more than it should, don’t ignore it.

You can learn to manage your anxieties by trying some new techniques. We mention a few of these techniques in our ‘5 ways to change your attitude to money’ article, as the same coping mechanisms can be applied to any challenging situation, such as starting a gratitude diary or managing stress with yoga and meditation.

If you’re considering moving home soon, find out how much you might be able to borrow with our calculator, and feel free to get in touch to speak to a friendly mortgage adviser.

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